New Delhi: The total number of Coronavirus cases in India escalated to 1 lakh mark on Tuesday morning, with a rise of 4,970 cases in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry stated. It comes as a worrisome figure as India eases its lockdown rules across the country as fresh guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs extending the lockdown till May 31st with eased curbs. 

2 die of coronavirus in AP, 57 fresh cases; 4,840 tests for every 1 million

Two COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Andhra Pradesh taking the toll to 52 even as 57 more tested positive, pushing the total number of infections in the state to 2,489.

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy said nearly 2.5 lakh samples have been tested so far, which, he claimed, is the highest in the country, resulting in 4,840 tests for every 1 million population.

According to the Ministry, there are 58,302 active cases, 39,173 people have been cured and 3,163 have died so far. In the past 24 hours, 134 people lost their battle to Covid-19.

The nation is set to witness another 15-day period lockdown after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday extended the lockdown till May 31, 2020 after reassesing the COVID-19 situation around the country. As per lockdown 4.0, major mediums of travel like air, metro rail services will continue to remain suspended besides, schools and colleges remaining closed.

A day after the Minister of Home Affairs released the guidelines for lockdown 4.0, Uttar Pradesh released the lockdown rules for the state on Monday night for the next 14 days.

The new rules brought good news for people living in Delhi- NCR. The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh govt has allowed entry of vehicles from Delhi to Noida/Ghaziabad NCR areas, except for the people who are coming Delhi’s coronavirus hotspot areas. The state government has also allowed more economic activities in non-containment zones.

Meanwhile, the Eastern states West Bengal and Odisha are bracing for the cyclone Amphan which is set to make landfall in West Bengal on Wednesday evening.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday issued a fresh cyclone alert for both states as the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Amphan’ was over the central parts of the South Bay of Bengal and adjoining the central Bay of Bengal.

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